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Name: Emma McGleenan BSc (Hons)

Research Theme: Supportive and Palliative Care

Research Title: Exploring the prevalence and experience of patients with cachexia and advanced heart failure.

Research Interests: Palliative Care, Heart Failure, Cachexia.

Supervisors: Professor Donna Fitzsimons, Professor Joanne Reid and Dr Loreena Hill


LinkedIn Profile: N/A

Personal Bio:

I am currently first year PhD student at Queens University Belfast. I recently completed a BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing and spent my management placement on a coronary care unit which spurred my interest in cardiac care. I have always had a special interest in palliative care and was delighted to find a PhD project which brought the two together. I hope to finish my PhD by 2020.

Project Summary:

Cachexia within a population with heart failure is under recognised and under diagnosed. Previous research within the field has focused around the biomedical aspects of cardiac cachexia. Also, there are no consensus definitions for cachexia so results from prevalence studies have varied. The experience of cachexia within heart failure has not been researched at all.  I am looking at how many people with advanced heart failure have cachexia within a population in Northern Ireland. Then after identifying people with cardiac cachexia I will be interviewing them to explore what the experience of cachexia is in advanced heart failure.

My Perfect PhD Day

Having a really productive day and fitting in some chat with others on my floor.



Other Activites

  • I am a consent ambassador for the SU with the aim of raising awareness on sexual consent

When I’m not PhDing…

I am at home with my 3 very fluffy Persian kittens and my fiancé or visiting my mum.


Conferences & Publications:

Ojawoniyi, F., Gormley, K., McGleenan, E. and Noble, H.R. (2018) ‘Organ donation and transplantation: Awareness and roles of healthcare professionals—A systematic literature review’, Journal of Clinical Nursing, pp.1-13. [Online] Accessed: 23/01/2018 Available at: